Posts Tagged ‘vintage’

Timeless Cool: The Style of Sammy Davis Jr.

Medley of: I’ve Got You Under My Skin, You Came A Long Way From St. Louis,
You Are My Sunshine, Bee-Bom, One For My Baby
An American of color, Jewish, and Puerto Rican, the multi-cultural and multi-talented Samuel George “Sammy” Davis Jr. reigned supreme throughout his life as one of the greatest entertainers of all time. Not too many people can sing, dance, tell jokes, pantomime, act, do impersonations, play three instruments (vibraphone, trumpet, drums), and tap dance… but Sammy could.

We’ve watched a few of his videos, now let’s take a look at his style.

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The 1950s were really all about conservatism. Tailored suits in shades of gray, navy, and brown were popular. A hat, pocket square, tie-clip, and cuff-links were as essential as having a belt– no man was complete without his accessories (or his cigarettes).

The style of 1960s is the style many men admire in modern times… slimmer fitting suits, fitted dress shirts, slim ties, and if you were in Hollywood, or let’s say a member of The Rat Pack a sharkskin suit was a regular in your wardrobe.

Sammy’s style was that of the times, with his own Sammy or hollywood touch like maybe an intentional loosened bow-tie and collar.

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From the staple 50s/60s gray flannel suit to slim ties to Beatle boots, get a piece of Sammy’s style below:

More Sammy:

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The First Man of Color to appear on GQ Magazine. 1967.
He’s wearing a gray plaid Sy Devore double-breasted suit
with a slim black tie. (Photographed by Milton Greene)

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Always an entertainer, Sammy seizes this moment to tap dance on a table in his cropped two button suit and beatle boots.

A Short Duet: Sammy Davis Jr. and Nat King Cole

Maybe we’ll turn this into Sammy Davis Jr. week here at The Urban Gentleman… or a ‘classics’ week… just maybe.

Here we have a short duet between Sammy and Nat, where they both sort of mimic each others styles and mannerisms– something that was commonly done between entertainers in the 50s/60s.

Classic Video: Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr, Dean Martin & Johnny Carson, “Birth of the Blues”

“Birth of The Blues”

Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr, Dean Martin & Johnny Carson

Registered June 20, 1965 at Kiel Opera House St. Louis

I love how entertainers had to be some type of combination of a triple threat back in the day… sing, act, dance, be a comedian, play an instrument, or whatever else. So their shows were always extremely engaging… there aren’t too many entertainers that fit that bill these days– but maybe this decade it’ll be different.

Louis Armstrong: A Kiss To Build a Dream On

Be a Gentleman, and make it a night (or day) she can remember.

  

Sometimes just doing the classic cliche’s for Valentine’s Day is enough to make the day perfect. Dig up some classic songs that will make any girl feel loved, stuff like Louis Armstrong. (You can never go wrong with Louis Armstrong)

Roses, Dinner, Dancing. (Jewelry if it’s in your budget)

If you deem it too cold to go out– get flowers delivered. If you order before 1pm, you can get flowers delivered same day Here.  Then get dinner delivered from a local restaurant… I think the heart-shapped pizza’s are sorta cute (only if done in addition to a really thoughtful gift). Most pizzeria’s are offering them, so just check. Then watch a romantic movie…. there will be tons on today. Or  you can get a Netflix online subscription (find a nice romantic-comedy or something) then hook your laptop up to your tv. I found directions on how to do that on youtube.
Let us know what you’re doing for Valentine’s Day….

UPDATE: Valentine’s Day Poll
 
Question: What Do You Want For Valentine’s Day?

Answers:

Nothing, Valentine’s Day is for women
  32 (35%)
 
Any thoughtful gift
  19 (21%)
 
A nice back massage, and some “nookie” will do
  30 (33%)
 
Clothing, Apparel, Jewelry, or Electronics, Etc.
  9 (10%)
 

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